29th Jan2012

Pre-Production Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Criollo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler:  Nicaraguan

Shape:  Rounded cap with torpedo foot

Size: 5 1/3 x 44

Country: Honduras

Strength: Full

Production: Pre-Production

Release Date: IPCPR 2012

Today we bring you a review of the Pre-Production Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades. This was given to us by Andre Farkas last spring, 2011. Only ten were handed out by him. This cigar is scheduled to be released this year and to be based off the Exclusivo blend. Will this be the next cigar from Viaje to rule them all? Will it be the next Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5? Or just another excellent stick from Viaje? The name itself sounds pretty bad ass and unique, Honey and Hand Grenades. We won’t really know till it’s out on the market. Anyways enough of the talk lets dive into this review!

The Look: The shape of the Honey and Hand Grenades is very unique. If I’m correct this shape is going to be the first of it’s kind in the cigar industry. It consists of a rounded cap and a torpedo like foot. The size is similar to a Corona. The cap by the looks of it is triple capped and the wrapper is put on very smooth from head to foot. The wrapper has a light amount of veins and the pack is very firm with virtually no give. Lastly, the band has a glued on H & HG standing for Honey and Hand Grenades and has brass knuckles underneath it.

The Start: After inspecting the cigar I move to the pre-light aromas. The wrapper had light scents of manure and cedar, nothing too strong. As for the foot it also had a light smell of manure nothing too strong or anything, just average. Moving on to the pre-light draw it took some effort to draw and only had a small amount of sweetness. I couldn’t really pin point it to anything though. Now to begin the light up. Immediately received a strong red pepper spice that gave the tongue a good tickle and made the palate moist. It also had a dark, rich earth flavor.

The Beginning: The first third starts with the red pepper again which you can really feel on the tongue giving it a prickly feeling. As for the draw it becomes easier the farther you move into the torpedo foot. Sounds kind of weird saying torpedo foot. Making my way through the foot I picked up notes of a really dark flavor like a dark roast coffee. When letting the cigar sit it produces little wisps of smoke continuously and as for each draw they produce a great amount of voluminous white smoke that warms the mouth. Now once I get passed the torpedo foot the spice begins to smooth out and the dark flavors begin to come on more than before. The burn here is a little wavy but nothing too concerning. Pretty confident it should smooth out later because it probably waved out due to the torpedo foot light. I’m also really enjoying how it feels in the hand and mouth, good natural feel with the right amount of weight to it. Getting closer to the second third the flavor profile begins to change starting with a bitterness rising up and a tiny amount of burnt caramelized maple wood. With the aroma being of a sweet wood. Also by the start of the second third the burn evens out and the ash that is a mix of white, grey, and black stays firm up til this point.

The Middle: Now making my way into the second third the smoke begins to become more creamy adding more of that sweetness of a semi burnt maple wood. The spice isn’t completely gone thought it’s now more on the back burner to say the least. The profile transition so far has just been great; starting with the dark beginning and now entering the sweet middle. The draw at this point has become very smooth and producing more voluminous amounts of smoke. The burn also has improved just like the draw becoming almost razor sharp. Another plus with this cigar too is that you can let it rest for quite some time without it going out which is due to the smaller ring gauge. Now just before going into the last third I noticed a hint of manure which I’m saying I could have been picking up from the aroma itself.

The End: Lastly, I begin the final third of the Honey and Hand Grenades. The peak of the sweet and creaminess is right here and then it slowly begins to retract. The spice begins it’s ascend back up with it starting to tickle the tongue again. Along with the spice comes the bitterness again. It transforms into more of a barnyard type musk. For example when you go into an old barn and it gives off an old wet smell. The burn is still going steady and same with the ash. Getting farther into the last third the smoke begins to dry out more and inducing a very small amount of almond flavor and a bitter anise flavor on the finish but, still overall keeping that pleasant musky spice. I gave it a retro haul here and experienced a heavy amount of spice that made me tear up a bit. Then as for the finish it consisted of red pepper with an after taste of the musky barnyard wood.

Final Thoughts: Once all is said and done this smoke took me about 1 hour and 10 minutes. The Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades was superb! I was able to smoke it down to the nub without any complaints. I’m very excited for when this hits the market. It has a bad ass name and I especially love the new shape that Viaje tried to do here with a mix between your standard Parejo and Figurado. Hopefully this won’t be the last of this kind of shape because others in the industry could benefit from this idea and maybe even take it further. The Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades provides an excellent journey that any aficionado or beginner would be happy with. I look forward to when this is out and others can enjoy it just as much as I did. Lastly remember folks to check back when this cigar hits the market for our post production review comparison!

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Once again a special thanks to MansonPhoto from MansonPhoto.com for taking the pictures. Please rate and comment on the photos because he would love your feedback!

 

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22nd Jun2011

Viaje Summerfest 2010 Torpedo

by GoodFellasCigars


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 (Cafe Rosado)

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Shape: Torpedo

Size: 6 1/2 x 50 (8 inches if including the foot)

Country: Honduras

Production: 200 boxes of 30 (50 boxes for robusto)

Well it’s that time of year again with the release of Viaje Summerfest 2011 approaching very soon. I thought I would review the Viaje Summerfest 2010 just because I haven’t and it would give everyone an idea on last year’s Summerfest and what to possibly look forward to this year. I decide to review the Torpedo shape with the large shaggy foot, 1.5 inches to be exact. These were easier to come across instead of the very limited release of the robusto, without the shaggy foot. The robusto which are 5 x 50 were not meant to be made as the story goes because they were an accident but, Andre decided to release them anyways as a ultra limited release. This Viaje has the biggest foot I have ever seen so far, making the Gurkha Vintage Shaggy look like nothing. This cigar is a excellent annual smoke that Viaje puts each year but, to start off it’s not something that’s mind blowing. Don’t get me wrong I’m not bashing on Viaje at all this is just the kind of stick that I would suggest you have as a higher end everyday, medium-bodied smoke. Viaje in my mind hasn’t yet to put out something that’s sub par.

To start off the construction on this cigar is great and the initial light flavors evoke a woody tobacco that’s not overwhelming. The initial third after getting past the foot has a mild spice with a toasty wood flavor and a mild underlying earth tone that rounds out good. Some of you might be thinking you didn’t say how the foot was? The foot just basically had just your standard tobacco flavor to it. In my opinion taking the foot off brings out a bit more flavor in this cigar. I suggest taking off the foot if you don’t like that kind of thing, it’s decently windy where ever you are because there were embers that came off occasionally, or you don’t have all the time in the world to smoke because it adds some time to smoking. I’ll leave that decision to you. As for the second third the spice relaxes down and the wood/earth mix pops out more with the smoke becoming more creamy with some bitterness like a dark cocoa. The ash at this point is a dark gray, a decent amount of smoke, draw smooth, and a tight burn with no touch ups needed. The last third and finish had the toasty wood become most prominent along with the cocoa bitterness that was overpowering at all. This cigar is great down to the very last bit. If the new Summerfest is anything like the 2010 then this will be another great annual treat. My suggestion is to pick up yourself one of these before the release Viaje Summerfest 2011. Especially if you have yet to try a cigar with a foot because its a fun, different experience from the norm.